Tai Chi Village Exercises

We use various exercises and styles in our classes.  They consist of Warm Ups, 5 Elements, Simplified 24 Postures, 8 Pieces of Brocade and Self Defense and Qi Gong and more.  Advanced groups can even learn the Sword form I saw practiced in the parks in China.

Tai Chi Chuan:  National 24 Form

Tai Chi Chuan is practiced by more people than any other. Most of the popular forms today evolved from the Yang. Tai Chi started out with 13 basic movements and kept expanding until it reached 108 movements. All these movements are actually only variations on the basic 13.

At Tai Chi Village we teach the simplified 24 Posture Tai Chi that was adopted as the official form in Bejing in 1956 and called “Standard Simplified Taijiquan Version Consists of 24 Movement.”

This form was created and condensed from the traditional Yang Style Long Form. It was shorted for several reasons. The most important was to fulfill the need for a form that could be learned in a short time and still retain the flavor and principles of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. It takes at least a year to learn the Long Form and can take less than two months to learn the Shorter Form.

There was also a need for a form that could be practiced in today’s busy life and still return the Tai Chi’s health benefits as a form of exercise, moving meditation, breathing enhancement, balance and much more.

 

Chinese National 24 Tai Ji Form 

The Beijing 24 form has many names including the 24 step form, the Peking form, simplified tai chi and even just the 24 postures.

This simplified tai chi form was created in 1956 by the National Physical Culture and Sports Commission of the People’s Republic of China as part of the drive to document and standardise Wushu training and introduce competition forms.

The Beijing 24 is aimed at the beginner and uses 24 representative moves from the Yang style. Although it has been simplified by reducing the repetition of moves and some of the more difficult kicks it contains the important and traditional characteristics and features of Yang style forms.

The short form enables beginners, old and young, to concentrate on, and appreciate, the essential principles of Tai Chi of effortless movement, relaxation and awareness of the mind and body as one.

Depending on how fast or slow you like to do your form the whole form takes between 4 and 8 minutes to do.

It is said to be the most popular tai chi form practiced today. And because of this you will be able to find lots of books, dvds and classes for you to enjoy.

History 24 Yang Taichi Form

The 24 Tai Chi Form was developed in 1956 by the National Physical Culture and Sports Commission of the People’s Republic of China. A standard form was need for the Tai Chi competitions.

The Standard Simplified Beijing 24 Taijiquan Form was based on the Yang Family style of Tai Chi Chuan. The Yang Style of Taijiquan was developed by Yang Lu Chan (1799-1872),. Yang Lu Chan learned the Chen Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan from Chen Chang Xing (1771-1853).

Eventually the grandson of Yang Lu Chan, Yang Cheng Fu (1883-1936) modified and popularized the Yang Style Taijiquan (1883-1936)